Divine Mother Recordings

August 29, 2012

I recently received an email from Clifton that runs the Divine Mother Recordings label in Georgia, USA hepping me to his page on Bandcamp and fans of extreme metal take note: there’s some pretty cool releases being offered! Mainly modern hardcore bordering on grindcore in the mid-90s Napalm Death vein, but there’s some nice sludge, screamo and black metal-esque sounds with the occasional surprise thrown in as well.

Four releases so far – including the DIVINE MOTHER RECORDINGS – Collective Sound Vol. 1 16-track compilation – with the latest being the Grievances/Quiet Hands split 3″ mini CD that offers seven tracks in total. Grievances got the screamo hardcore thing going – with a slight death metal influence here and there – while Quiet Hands got a more brutal vibe going that really reminded me of Swedish death metal outfit Grave. Kinda hard picking out one specific track from the releases so check ’em all out ’cause I guarantee you’ll find something cool!

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Website: http://divinemotherrecordings.blogspot.se/


January 23, 2012

Well, drunk punk is nothing new, but every now and then it’s really fun to play loud – if nothing else to celebrate hedonism. Los Angeles outfit Fidlar offers up pretty classic sounding songs blending the hardcore of FEAR and Gang Green with 90’s trashy garage a’la The Mummies/The Spider Babies on their second offering – the 4-track EP DIYDUI.

Loud fun delivered with a healthy amount of speed and noisy production, nice sing-a-longs and pretty funny lyrics, the opening track Wake Bake Skate is a future classic that instantly grabbed me and had me humming along by the second listen. The debut song Chinese Weed is available as a free download and there’s a vinyl version of the EP for us record collector nerds available too. Make sure you check out their video as well!

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://fidlar.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.myspace.com/fidlar


December 28, 2011

More outfits that blurs the hardcore/grindcore line (with hints of Black Metal) is Portland noisemakers Cynarae. Not as high-speed as recently reviewed Heartless, their self-titled debut EP offers up six intense tracks of aural violence with growling vocals and nice tempo shifts, sometimes bordering on sludge.

With influences ranging from His Hero Is Gone to Joy Division (!!!), the band actually reminds me a bit of Swedish death metal band Grave. The recording is tight with nice, punchy production and should be interesting for fans of extreme metal. The EP is also available on a limited edition cassette.

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://cynarae.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.facebook.com/cynaraekittenmachine

Angry Snowmans

December 22, 2011

Well, ’tis the season as they say and Canadian punkers The Angry Snowmans offers up not only one, but two releases of X-Mas spirit with their self-titled debut album and follow-up What We Do Is Festive. According to their own bio, the band is made up of “disgruntled, displaced Elves of the North Pole who are telling the world about Santa’s abusive practices” by covering classic punk/hardcore “hits” from the Old School days.

Absolutely nothing new – UK pop punks The Boys did the same thing under the Yobs moniker almost 30 years ago – it’s well executed with nice production (some of the songs having way better sound than the originals) and pretty funny to hear as an old punker ’cause you get everything from The Adolescents Kids of the Black Hole and Black Flag‘s Six Pack (“Egg Nog”!!!) to Angry Samoans Lights Out and The Germs What We Do Is Secret. Fun and nostalgic (although I personally missed Out There by F-Word).

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://angrysnowmans.bandcamp.com/
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Angry-Snowmans/156536597705132


December 21, 2011

More high-speed harshness is served up by Pittsburgh outfit Heartless on their debut album Hell is Other People (I guess they’re big on Sartre). Labelling themselves hardcore I’d say these guys have way more in common with early UK grindcore outfits like Napalm Death or Repulsion than originators like Circle Jerks or Black Flag. We’re talking harsh high-energy blasts of various speeds with growled vocals, mixed with some slow, dirgy parts – few of them more than a minute in length.

You get thirteen songs clocking in at around 22 minutes of pure aggression that I’m sure will please punks and fans of extreme metal alike. Physical copies has been released by Southern Lord and the band has two 7″ singles available for download as well.

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://heartless.bandcamp.com/
Website: N/A

Grown Ass Men

December 16, 2011

A much appreciated dose of 80’s Hardcore is served up by Richmond outfit Grown Ass Men on their debut offering Too Old To Die Young. High on intensity, blitzin’ speed with an occasional nice break and some great screaming dual vocals that sound nothing like Emo!

We’re talking classic, no-bullshit American hardcore without any of the later metallic sounds that became form somewhere during the 90’s. Great, low-tech recording (apparently recorded live) I’m hearing Deep Wound with some slight Bum Kon and am definitely keeping my eyes on these guys! It’s a free download kids!

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://grownassmen.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.reverbnation.com/grownassmen

Gods And Queens

December 15, 2011

Philadelphian trio Gods And Queens offer up a noisy, melodic sound reminicing (and admittedly heavily influenced by) the sort of  “hardcore indie” that existed way back in the 1990’s. Listening to their recent EP Untitled 3 I couldn’t help thinking they could be one of the more commercial entities on the now defunct Amphetamine Reptile Records. Heartfelt screaming vocals (that oddly enough actually reminds me of The Melvins of all things!) with that noisy rock/pop/”produced by Steve Albini” thing going.

Recently back home in the States after finishing up their European tour, the band has so far released one album and two EP’s – all of them untitled, with untitled songs to boot!

Sample track:

: http://godsandqueens.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://godsandqueens.wordpress.com/